Tim Frazier Returns To New Orleans Pelicans
Despite getting dropped by the Milwaukee Bucks on roster deadline day, Tim Frazier found his NBA home for the start of his fifth season in the league.
The New Orleans Pelicans, the team that the former Penn State star had his best stretch with as a pro, claimed Frazier off waivers before their season-opening win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.
After emerging with New Orleans down the stretch of the 2015-16 season and signing a two-year deal, Frazier started 35 times — more than double the amount starts he’s had in his other three seasons — in 65 games during the 2016-17 slate, averaging 7.1 points and 5.2 assists per game.
Frazier was traded to the Wizards last season and was expected to take on the backup point guard role behind John Wall, but got passed up down the stretch of the season by Tomas Satoransky. His numbers slipped to three points per game and he appeared in just six minutes of Washington’s sole playoff series.
Out of contract, Frazier was waived after a quick training camp stint with the Bucks.
His arrival with the Pelicans adds reliable depth at the point. With 2013 All-Star Jrue Holiday’s transition to shooting guard last season, that left Elfrid Payton — fresh off four seasons as a starter in Orlando — and Ian Clark — a serviceable option off the bench for New Orleans last season — as the two point guards.
Much like Tony Carr, whose rights are owned by the Pelicans but signed in Italy after a rough Summer League debut, Frazier might find it difficult to crack minutes in this lineup.
At the very least, he’s back in a familiar environment where he first found consistency as a pro athlete. Who says it can’t happen again.
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